The cool ways New York City hotels are catering to marathon runners

From providing protein bars and water bottles to massage discounts and free celebratory beers. Oh, yeah, and comfy beds.
The Jade Hotel
(Photos: Flickr/Howard N2GOT and The Jade Hotel)

The New York City Marathon is less than two weeks away, and while runners are gearing up for the big day, the city’s hotels are gearing up for said runners.

That means a slew of special packages catering to pre-race, race-day, and post-race needs—from protein bars and energy gels to massage discounts and free celebratory beers.

Here are four quality hotels offering cool (AKA thoughtful and relevant) perks to the city’s endurance athletes this November. —Lisa Elaine Held

Gansevoort Meatpacking and Park Avenue
Gansevoort is nice enough to provide for both the runners and the spectators lining the course to support them. Its “Get Laced” package includes water bottles, energy gels, Juice Press vouchers, and a recovery kit with bath salts and 20 percent off Exhale Spa services. (Can you hear your muscles saying thank you?) While the “Cheer Team” package comes with sideline must-haves like protein bars, water, a Starbucks gift card, scarves, seat cushions, and supplies for banner-making and cheering on loved ones.

The Jade Hotel
Ambiance is a given at the quaint, boutique Jade Hotel in Greenwich Village, but runners will also be treated to a race-day “survival kit” with water, Advil, apples, Band-Aids, coconut water, and a foam roller. And the hotel has their fuel needs covered, too, with a customized room service menu featuring healthy meals, house-made granola bars and water bottles the morning of the race, and free post-finish line beers at the in-house restaurant, Grape & Vine. Bonus: A $50 laundry credit for your rank race clothes and 15 percent off massages at nearby Silk Day Spa.

Kimpton Hotels of NYC (Eventi, Ink48, 70 Park Avenue, The Muse)
This healthy leaning hotel group (with an on-site fitness curator year-round) is offering a marathon runner’s package that includes a fleece blanket, beanie, scarf, and gloves for pre-race warmth (and lighter packing!), a water bottle, and a $10 iTunes gift card for adding any last-minute tracks to your race-day playlist.

Ritz Carlton Hotels of New York
Runner-guests at the the Ritz Carlton’s two hotels will be treated to compression socks, Health Warrior Chia Bars, sports drinks and energy chews, and if they can hit up a “Carbo Load Live Pasta Making Station” on marathon eve, priced at $26.02, at the Battery Park location. On race day, the lobby at Battery Park will also be home to a sign-making station for friends and family members cheering on loved ones, while the Central Park hotel will offer a special “After-Run Small Bites,” menu, filled with protein-packed recovery foods.

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